Guide to Buying a Used Car

Guide to Buying a Used Car

There are approximately 8 million used cars sold every year in the UK, and although there are some that should be avoided as they are in poor condition, damaged or even stolen, with just a little know-how, it's possible to get great value for money and find yourself a top-of-the-range car at a fraction of the new price.

In this section, we offer you a comprehensive guide to buying a used car, with advice on getting the professional checks that can help you to avoid vehicles that have a poor history, are worn out, have been involved in an accident or have outstanding finance on them. We'll also help you to avoid unscrupulous sellers, along with tips on how to spot the signs that might indicate that you're looking at a stolen car. With information on viewing the car, testing it out, checking the documents and your legal rights, this guide will give you all the used car knowledge you'll need to drive away with a bargain.

Deciding What to Buy
The issues you'll need to consider when choosing your ideal car.
Deciding Where to Buy
An extensive look at all of your used-car options, including buying at auction, through the classifieds, from a franchised or independent dealer, or at a car supermarket.
Viewing the Car
Follow these tips for checking out the exterior, interior and under the bonnet of a second-hand car.
Taking a Test Drive
Everything you need to know about going out on a test drive; from checking the visibility to assessing the ride noise.
Professional Checks
A professionals vehicle status check can help to ensure that any used-car doesn't have a shady past and is mechanically sound.
Avoiding Stolen Vehicles
Some essential tips and advice to ensure that you're not conned into buying a stolen car.
Documentation
Details on examining the car's tax disc, registration certificate (VC5), MOT and service history.
Completing the Deal
With this handy guide, you'll be able to negotiate the best price, choose the safest way to pay and ensure the sale goes through smoothly.
Buying a Used Car Warranty
Discover the different warranty options available for second hand cars, such as approved used-car schemes and off-the-shelf policies.
Your Legal Rights
A look at your legal rights when buying a second-hand car from a dealer or private vendor.